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Towards a new European refugee policy that works

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  • Constant, Amelie F.

    () (UNU-MERIT, and Princeton University)

  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

    () (UNU-MERIT, and Princeton University)

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While Europe feels inundated by the 2015 refugee waves, the policy responses of the European Union and its member countries exhibit signs of helplessness. The Dublin system assigning responsibility to the country of first-entry has failed. Identifying true asylum seekers effectively and distributing them fairly across Europe requests loyalty to the once accepted humanitarian standards and solidarity with the principles of Europe. A turnaround of the European asylum policy is needed: Commonly organised registration, selection and distribution systems have to be followed by an early access of asylum seekers to the European labour markets.

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  • Constant, Amelie F. & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2016. "Towards a new European refugee policy that works," MERIT Working Papers 2016-062, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
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      Keywords

      Refugees; Asylees; Asylum Policy; Migration; Labour Market Access;

      JEL classification:

      • F51 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Conflicts; Negotiations; Sanctions
      • F55 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Institutional Arrangements
      • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
      • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
      • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
      • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
      • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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